The West is demonstrating immoral behavior by blocking Russian Internet content, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on the Russia 1 TV channel.
“They block our accounts, they block documentaries, block information channels, decide what can be watched from the Crimea 24 channel and what is not,” she said.
According to Zakharova, the West itself hastened what Russia has not dared to do for a long time.
“All the time we have experienced some kind of awkwardness that it is time to introduce regulatory measures and it is time to start regulating the Internet space with regard to the activities of American Internet monopolies,” the diplomat explained.
She added that the Russian side kept listening to how it would be perceived and whether it would violate certain principles.
“We do not break it, because they have long been destroyed by this very collective West,” Zakharova said.
Now, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman noted, a whole package of bills is being prepared that will protect both the Russian media and the Russian audience from this “endless impossible lawlessness.”
Recently, Russian media have often faced censorship on Western Internet platforms such as YouTube. According to open sources, in just a few years, the administration of the service has blacklisted about 200 Russian-language channels.
Thus, YouTube blocked the accounts of the Tsargrad channel, Anna News and News Front news agencies, and removed the Crimea 24 page. Recently, Google arbitrarily introduced an age limit on Andrei Kondrashov’s documentary “Crimea. The Way to Homeland” posted on YouTube, allegedly because of “scenes of violence”, and Instagram deprived “Crimea 24” of the opportunity to publish texts. According to Zakharova, American digital platforms decided to celebrate the next anniversary of the reunification of Crimea with Russia in their own way and “went wild.”